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10.42.03.00.htm 10.42.03.00. Title 10 MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Subtitle 42 BOARD OF SOCIAL WORK EXAMINERS Chapter 03 Code of Ethics Authority: Health Occupations Article, §1-212, and 19-101―19-502, Annotated Code of Maryland
10.42.03.01.htm 10.42.03.01. 01 Scope and Purpose.. A. This chapter governs the professional conduct of social workers licensed by the Board regardless of whether the service delivery is in person, telephonically, or electronically.B. The objective of this chapter is the protection of the public. The best interest of the public shall be the primary guide in determining the appropriate professional conduct of all individuals whose activities are regulated by the Board.C. A social worker has a
10.42.03.02.htm 10.42.03.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Board" means the Board of Social Work Examiners.. 2) "Client" means the individual, couple, family, or group to whom the licensee is rendering professional service.3) “Dual relationship” means a relationship in which a licensee is involved with a client professionally and in any other capacity.4) “Impairment” means a licensee whose diminished capacity affects the lice
10.42.03.03.htm 10.42.03.03. 03 Responsibilities to Clients.. A. The licensee shall:. 1) Apprise the client of the risks, opportunities, and obligations associated with services available to the client;2) Make the fee for service clear, maintain adequate financial records, stipulate payment schedules, and confirm arrangements for financial reimbursement with the client;3) Notify the client promptly and seek the transfer, referral, or continuation of service in relation to the client's need or
10.42.03.04.htm 10.42.03.04. 04 Responsibilities to Colleagues.. A. The licensee shall inform the Board:. 1) Of unethical conduct by a licensed social worker; and. 2) About an individual who is not licensed by the Board but who represents that the individual is a social worker and is practicing, attempting to practice, or offering to practice social work.B. Licensees may not sexually harass, verbally abuse, or intimidate supervisees, students, trainees, or colleagues.C. Licensees having knowl
10.42.03.05.htm 10.42.03.05. 05 Relationships.. A. The licensee may not enter into a dual relationship with a client or an individual with whom the client has a close personal relationship.B. The licensee may enter into a nonsexual relationship with an individual with whom the licensee’s prior professional contact:1) Was of a brief, peripheral, or indirect nature; and. 2) Did not constitute a therapeutic relationship.. C. The licensee may not engage in sexual misconduct with either current or former clients..
10.42.03.06.htm 10.42.03.06. 06 Standards of Practice.. A. Professional Competence. The licensee shall:. 1) Limit practice to the areas in which the licensee has gained proficiency through education, training, and experience;2) Acquire specialized education and training in order to provide the client with services that are culturally informed;3) Use interventions and assessment techniques only when the licensee knows that the circumstances justify those interventions and techniques;
10.42.03.07.htm 10.42.03.07. 07 Sanctions.. A. The licensee who engages in ethical misconduct is subject to sanctions by the Board.. B. The Board shall advise the Association of Social Work Boards and the National Practitioner Data Bank of any formal sanction of a licensee on the grounds of ethical misconduct.C. The licensee may not prohibit the client from reporting misconduct as a condition of settlement of a legal cause of action.
10.42.03.9999.htm 10.42.03.9999. Administrative History Effective date: May 23, 1983 (10:10 Md. R. 873). Regulation .02E amended effective April 2, 1990 (17:6 Md. R. 741). Regulation .02G amended as an emergency provision effective September 15, 1993 (20:20 Md. R. 1565) amended permanently effective December 1, 1993 (20:22 Md. R. 1707) ―Regulations .01―02 repealed and new Regulations .01―06 adopted effective October 4, 1999 (26:20 Md. R. 1546)Regulation .03 amended effective August 5, 2002 (29:15 Md. R. 1142).
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